Today is Friday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2014 with 89 to follow.
Yom Kippur begins.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include Cherokee Chief John Ross, who led opposition to the forced move of his people to what is now Oklahoma, in 1790; historian George Bancroft in 1800; actor Warner Oland ("Charlie Chan") in 1879; German pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Cal von Ossietzky in 1889; writers Thomas Wolfe in 1900, James Herriot in 1916 and Gore Vidal in 1925; hockey Hall of Fame member Glenn Hall in 1931 (age 83); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Eddie Cochran in 1938; rock 'n' roll singer Chubby Checker in 1941 (age 73); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Lindsey Buckingham in 1949 (age 65); musician Keb' Mo' in 1951 (age 63); activist Rev. Al Sharpton (age 60) and guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, both in 1954; golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples and actor/singer Jack Wagner, both in 1959 (age 55); rock drummer Tommy Lee in 1962 (age 52); actors Clive Owen in 1964 (age 50) and Neve Campbell in 1973 (age 41); singers Gwen Stefani in 1969 (age 45), India.Arie in 1975 (age 39) and Ashlee Simpson in 1984 (age 30); and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) in 1979 (age 35).
On this date in history:
In 1922, Rebecca Felton, a Georgia Democrat, became the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
In 1932, Iraq became independent after Britain ended its mandate following 17 years of British rule.
In 1952, Britain successfully tested its first atomic bomb.
In 1955, the children's TV show "Captain Kangaroo" with Bob Keeshan in the title role was broadcast for the first time.
In 1967, folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie died at the age of 55.
In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko signed strategic arms limitation agreements, putting the first restrictions on the two countries' nuclear weapons.
In 1990, formerly communist East Germany merged with West Germany, ending 45 years of post-war division.
In 1992, William Gates III, the college-dropout founder of Microsoft Corp., headed the Forbes magazine list of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth of $6.3 billion.
In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of charges that he killed his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The trial, which had intense media coverage, lasted more than eight months. (In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison in a Nevada robbery/kidnapping case.)
In 2007, U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have increased funding of the State Children's Health Insurance Program to provide health coverage to more than 10 million children. Bush said the proposal was a move toward universal healthcare, which he opposed.
In 2009, General Motors announced it was closing its Saturn line of cars.
In 2012, U.S. President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in the first of three debates. The consensus among political analysts, focus group participants and snap polls was that Romney gave the better performance in the debate in Denver.
In 2013, a woman who led police on a car chase from the White House to the U.S. Capitol was shot to death by officers. Authorities said a young child in the back seat of the car was unharmed.
A thought for the day: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." -- Babe Ruth